Local News

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Author:  George Nelson VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- The Western Reserve Port Authority’s board of directors is hiring legal counsel to resist any attempt by commissioners in Mahoning and Trumbull counties to dissolve the body. During a special meeting Friday afternoon, four of the five remaining members of the port authority’s board of directors voted to retain the law firm of Eckert, Seamans, Cherin and Mellott LLC as special counsel to the port authority’s attorney on an “as-needed basis,” as determined by the port authority’s chairman...

Friday, June 27, 2014

Author:  George Nelson BOARDMAN, Ohio -- As the economy continues to improve and the real estate market along with it, more individuals are becoming real estate agents, as reflected by the rising number of members in the Youngstown Columbiana Association of Realtors. As of June 10, membership in the organization stands at 537, up from 511 a year earlier, says the CEO of YCAR, Jessica Perry. Thirty members have been installed during the tenure of this year’s president, Charley Althof, a licensed real estate agent since 1976, she adds....

Friday, June 27, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Halcon Resources Corp. hasn't altogether abandoned its holdings in the Utica shale, according to records from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Data provided by the Pennsylvania DEP show that Halcon was awarded a new permit June 20 to drill a new vertical well at the Gallagher property in Greene Township in Mercer County. Meantime, ODNR issued a permit last week to Halcon so it can complete its Lutz 1H well in Trumbull County in Warren Township, according to the agency's website...

Friday, June 27, 2014

EAST LIVERPOOL -- The rejection of a contract offer by nurses at East Liverpool City Hospital appears to have also nixed the hospital’s pending merger with Humility of Mary Health Partners -- and put the future of the hospital itself in doubt, administrators say. Nurses filed a 10-day strike notice May 31 then withdrew it and returned to the bargaining table. The sticking point reportedly is the hospital's demand for 16-hour shifts without overtime pay. “Administrators of River Valley Health Partners East Liverpool City Hospital are disappointed to learn that the...

Friday, June 27, 2014

BOARDMAN, Ohio -- Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley has begun construction and renovations to the Special Care Nursery and Pediatric Inpatient Unit on its Beeghly campus. The inpatient unit will have more room to expand, while the SCN will provide private rooms for all patient families, officials said. The budget for the entire project is $1.9 million, and the project is expected to be completed in the fall. “Our goal is to provide the best possible patient care, and single family rooms help us achieve that objective,” said Lisa Taafe, clinical administrative...

Friday, June 27, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- My Town, Your Town, Youngstown Summer Day Camp offers students a chance to explore local history at its source. The five-day camp, held this year from July 7 to 11, is sponsored by the Mahoning Valley Historical Society and features field trips to several historic sites and landmarks. The camp focuses on Youngstown yesterday, today and tomorrow with activities to spark creativity and form a connection to the past and its role in the future. Campers will visit Lanterman’s Mill at Mill Creek MetroParks, The Youngstown Historical Center of Industry...

Friday, June 27, 2014

KENT, Ohio -- Kent State University and Eastern Gateway Community College, Steubenville, have signed an agreement allowing for the easy transfer of credits, allowing more students to pursue bachelor’s degrees. The new agreement facilitates transfer of courses between Eastern Gateway Community College’s associate of applied business degree in business management technology and Kent State’s bachelor of technical and applied Studies in applied business. A student who completes all of the associate degree requirements in the associate of applied business degree in...

Thursday, June 26, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Foreclosure rates in Youngstown-Warren-Boardman decreased for the month of April over the same period last year, according to newly released data from CoreLogic. The CoreLogic data reveals that the rate of Youngstown-Warren-Boardman area foreclosures among outstanding mortgage loans was 2.60% for the month of April, a decrease of 1.33 percentage points compared to April 2013 when the rate was 3.93%. Still, Foreclosure activity in Youngstown-Warren-Boardman was higher than the national foreclosure rate, which was 1.77% for April 2014. Also in...

Thursday, June 26, 2014

CLEVELAND -- Just 11% of Cleveland-area technology executives expect to expand their information-technology teams in the second half of this year, finds a Robert Half survey released Wednesday. That's down from 12% from the January-June survey. In addition, 75% plan to hire only for open IT slots, 12% plan to put hiring plans on hold, and 1% expect to reduce IT staff between July 1 and Dec, 31, according to the Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecase and Local Trend Report. In the same survey, 91% of Cleveland-area chief information officers described themselves as...

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Strollo Architects is in discussions with three banks on how it would finance the rehabilitation of the Wells Building on West Federal Street, where it hopes to move its offices, the board of the downtown CIC learned Wednesday. The banks were not identified but CIC board member Pete Asimakopoulos, executive vice president for small-business banking at First National Bank of Pennsylvania and its Youngstown market manager, absented himself from that item on the agenda. This suggests...

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